A prayer for the hearts of our youngsters – your each day prayer
A prayer for the hearts of our children
By: Maggie Meadows Cooper
Turn my heart to your statutes and not to selfish gain. Take my eyes off of worthless things; Keep my life according to your word. – – Psalm 119: 36-37
I am writing this to you as a mom who is in the ditch of raising three children in three different phases of life. And by trenches, I don't mean the literal dirt tunnels in the ground. But I mean that place where you are sometimes low, tired and on the edge, preparing to fight the enemy and defend the ones I love. Trenches are mostly used in times of war, and while no earthly battles are raging in my house, I have no question that we are in a spiritual battle for our children. The sights, sounds, and voices that bombard them every day make them ask so many questions. To wonder how what we, as divine parents, teach them fits in with the rest of the world.
And there are days when my tears flow as I let fear and worry and feelings of failure wash over me. When I remember conversations and questions my children have asked, I wonder if I missed valuable opportunities to point out him. When I remember times I would point to him, but wonder if I did him justice. It is difficult. It's just hard.
But I know one thing. So often in these times do I hear the Lord say, “Give it to me, Maggie. Give it to me. "And I'll try. I put it down … for a while. But next, I picked it up again. And I can feel it. I can feel the weight and pressure I put on myself exercise to carry it and try to hold it facing him. It happens most often when the “what-ifs” come to mind, but the truth is, turning is not my job.
In the Bible, the Lord's people turned and turned their backs on him several times. –Jeremiah 32:33, Psalm 95:10, Hosea 11: 7. And if I really get into it, that's my worst fear. That my babies turn away from the Lord … and turn to the things and people of this world. To exchange a hope in one who will never leave you for hope in a world that will always disappoint.
So today I just come as a mom and share her heart with you. I ask you to stand by me, ready to fight, to refuse to give in to fear and what-ifs. Let us pray together without ceasing for our children, point them out to the scriptures, love them well, and strive daily to put them back at His feet. Because the truth is, they were his first. And he loves her even more than we do.
In our own pride and strength, we are powerless to turn their hearts to Him. But in our humility and weakness, the Lord can and will do more than we ever ask or imagine as we model how much we need him.
My heart is so overwhelmed right now. When I look at my beautiful children, I sometimes just feel helpless. I want to protect you from the evil in this world. I want to help them make good decisions, reach their full potential, and be the men and women you have made them. Oh Lord, I want so badly to do all of these things, and I feel like many days of failing miserably. Please help me remember that they are not really mine. They are yours … and you love them more than I ever could.
Oh Jesus, help me put them at your feet and remember that you will not allow my heart, my tears, my longings and my prayers to go unanswered. Your word will not return to you empty (Isaiah 55:11). Help me remember that every prayer, every scripture, every attempt to point them to you is not in vain. Someday there will be a harvest (Galatians 6: 9) and none of my work is useless if it is done for you (1 Corinthians 15:58). Help me stay strong and immobile and rooted in your word (Ephesians 3: 16-19).
Help me take refuge in you so that they may see and run to you too (Psalm 46: 1). Help me study your word so that they will see how powerful and valuable it is (Hebrews 4:12). Help me speak your heart to them and love them well, even if I often feel so underequipped, so underqualified, and so weak. –2 Corinthians 4: 7. Oh Lord, keep their hearts on you.
In your mighty name
Maggie Meadows Cooper is a woman, mother, educator, author and blogger with a longing for women to develop a heart for Jesus and others. She is the author of the children's book "Bumper" and blogs on The Little Moments about what the Lord teaches her through her children and everyday life. She contributes to Christian Women’s Blogs, Devotional Diva, She Disciples and Connecting Ministries. An educator with an M.Ed. In early childhood education at Auburn University (War Eagle!), She has 20 years of experience working with young children. She loves everything to do with chocolate, real Coca-Cola, and lives in Opelika, Alabama with her husband, three children and two wild dogs.
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